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. >>> we do have breaking news this morning. shocking news, really. pope benedict xvi isresigning. a spokesman will not reveal way. fatigue and possibly declining health over the past year, but, again, no reason has been given. he became pope in 2005. you will remember, he had been joseph rat singer, cardinal, a major figure at the vatican for years before he became pope benedict. german born. been pope for nearly eight years. nearly eight years and this is just a major, major bit of news this morning. coming out of the vatican, again, cnn confirming the pope will step down on february 28th, which is just a little over two weeks from today. >> and no clear reason. we're trying to get more details to share those with you. this is shocking. this is shocking, absolutely shocking. we'll continue to watch the developments for you, folks. 6:00. the painstaking cleanup getting under way after a violent tornado ripped through mississippi tearing apart homes, businesses and even causing damage to a university campus. a storm chaser occasi e er -- l. capture these images. this is 100 miles
>>> breaking news we have been telling you about. pope benedict xvi resigning february 28th. he is citing ill health. and uncertainty what that ill health will be. we're trying to get more details. unprecedented. >> hasn't happened in 600 years. so many questions. so much now that needs to happen with electing the new pope. we'll bring you the information coming up on "starting point" a few seconds from now. that's "early start." i'm john berman. >> i'm sfwlor azoraida sambolin. "starting point" with soledad o'brien starts right now. >>> we begin with breaking news. pope benedict xvi resigning. age and fatigue are the reasons behind his resignation. here is what the statement reads in part "both strength of mind and body are necessary. strength which in the last few months has deteriorated in me to the extent that i have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me." this tweet came from the pope's account 23 hours ago. we must trust in the mitty power of god's mercy. we are all sinners, but his grace transforms us and makes us new. this woul
in modern times think resignation is acceptable or not. pope benedict said, in fact, made it very clear that being able to resign was acceptable and made this part of the statement released from the vatican, both strength of mind and body is necessary, and lots of questions, of course. we know the date he would be stepping down, which would be february 28th. many questions about why now? mep notice that the pope is much more frail in recent months, and the question would be unbelie unbelievably unusual. let's go to nic robertson joining us by phone. nic, lots of questions. nic live in london this morning. a bit of a stunner. was there any indication that this resignation was coming? >> absolutely none whatsoever, and the last few months, the pope started a twitter account, not what you expect the pope to do when he would say his pope is deteriorating. the pope has looked deep into his conscience, this is a personal and profound decision that he has made with god in light of the responsibilities he has. and the other thing we heard from the papal spokesperson, which is interesting, becau
. >> ultimately responsibility of love for the church. >> pope benedict was a great pope and he followed in some big shoes and i think he did a beautiful job. >> but the announcement a shock to many. and now the catholic church must find its next leader. >> maybe they need somebody younger. a breath of fresh air. >> maybe it will be a chance for the church to regenerate. might ultimately be a good thing. >> bill: tonight, the possible frontrunners for the job and what we now know about the pope's decision to resign but we begin with today's stunning announcement that the pope is stepping down. i'm bill hemmer in tonight for shepard smith. the news reportedly came as a shock even to many at the vatican. after nearly 8 years on the job, pope benedict xvi will resign at the end of this month. his final day february 28th. the pope released a statement which reads in part that the governor the church quote both strength of mind and body are necessary strength which in the last few months have deteriorated in me to the extent that i have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministr
. the first pope to do so in nearly 600 years. pope benedict says he's stepping down because of his age and diminishing strength. tara moriarty joins us now from san francisco with more on this mornings stunning announcement. tara. >> reporter: the vatican confirming the pope will resign february 28th. we are here at st. mary's cathedral. it's right across the street from the arch diocese. we should mention pope benedict is the first to step down in nearly 600 years. the 85-year-old announced his decision in latin this morning during a meeting of vatican cardinals. he emphasized carrying out the duties of pope the leader of a billion roman catholics requires stamina. something he is running out of. after repeatedly examing my congress before god i came to my strength and age are no longer suited for the ministry. he went on to say that strength of mind and body are necessary. strength with which in the last few months has deteriorated me to the extent i had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me. the last pope to resign was gregory in 1415 he did
. >> -- and all that matters. >> a new report says that benedict's hearing has deteriorated and he's got blind in the left eye. >> the conclave may start earlier. >> could you be the next nominee? >> that enters the world of fantasy. >> -- on "cbs this morning." >> the first lawsuit from a passenger aboard the carnival cruise ship. >> finally one of those vacations that will be remembered as his idea. >>> welcome to "cbs this morning." the white house is under fire after a draft of its immigration plan leaked over the weekend. >> republicans are accusing the administration of meddling in bipartisan plans to score political points. bill plante is at the white house. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, norah, good morning, charlie. white house officials say what they really want is for the senators from both sides to write a new law to reform immigration. they denied that they're trying to politicize the process. president obama's newly pointed chief of staff said sunday that the white house is working on a plan of its own to deal with the 11 million undocument
couldn't do the job, no modern pope had ever done that. pope benedict's decision to step down came as a surprise, shock in new york. >> wow, that's big form. >> reporter: the first for abdicate in 600 years. >> for him to retire like that, you know, to me it's like losing a father. >> reporter: the 85-year-old cited fading health, saying in a statement -- i have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of my ministry. vice president biden is a practicing catholic. >> this is a man of great integrity and looking out for what he believes is the best interests of our church. i admire him for it. >> reporter: benedict used twitter, but had visibly slowed down as the papacy became more demanding, thanks in part to energetic predecessor john paul ii. new york's cardinal timothy dolan on benedict's reaction. >> almost, i don't know if i'm up to this, but with god's grace and mercy i'll give it my best shot, and he's done it well for almost eight years. >> that is a man in the full possession of his physical powers is goin
are getting word from a wire service that apparently pope benedict the 16th is about to resign. if you go back a year ago when he turned 85, there was some speculation that he might call it quits because of his declining health. there has been no additional update on why the pope is going to resign, but nonetheless the story is out there. we've got reporters on it. and as soon as we know why, we will share that with you. >>gretchen: that will be huge news obviously, so we'll keep you posted. let's go to the other top story which is the extreme weather alert. now we're talking about down south. a massive tornado caught on camera ripping through the heart of has -- hattiesburg, mississippi. >> happening right outside my hotel. check this out. look at that. >>gretchen: the devastating twister leaving at least 4,200 people without power. >> dude, that's insane. >> oh my! >> it's about to hit sam's. >>gretchen: as the tornado traveled down the main street, it mangled homes, businesses and several buildings on the campus of the university of southern mississippi. >> i saw it right around, as it was
. a final farewell to the faithful. pope benedict xvi addressing an enormous crowd in morning in st. peter's square for his final time. we say good morning you. i'm bill hemmer. welcome to "america's newsroom". martha: good to see you, bill. i'm martha maccallum. what a emotional and historic moment we saw play out today. it has been 600 years since the last time a pope made this decision to step down. more than 150,000 people filed into st. peter's square to be part of this moment to witness it live. pope benedict going along in the pope mobile there. he blessed some of the children in attendance. there is some of that. boy, a lot to unfold. bill: over the next 24 hours, martha, he will be a former pope. 8:00 local time tomorrow on thursday, the pontiff taking, look at those pictures. reflecting on the big moment as his life and his church enter uncharted waters. >> translator: the words that resonated in my heart have been, lord, why are you asking me? it is a great burden that you have placed on my shoulders. but if you ask me, i will accept. certain that you will guide me, even with al
. >> all that. >> and another for carmelo anthony. >> and all that matters. >> a new report says benedict's hearing has deteriorated. he's even gone blind in his left eye. >> the conclave to elect the next pope might start earlier than expected. >> could you be the nominee? >> that enters into the world of fantasy. >> on "cbs this morning." >> the first lawsuit has been filed by one of the passengers on board that damaged carnival cruise ship. >> finally ending the vacation that couples aboard will forever remember as his idea. >>> welcome to "cbs this morning." the white house is under fire after a draft of its immigration plan leaked over the weekend. >> republicans are accusing the administration of meddling in bipartisan congressional plans for immigration reform to score political points. bill plante is at the white house. bill, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. and good morning out west. the leaked white house plan does provide a path to citizenship after eight years. but white house officials say that what they really want is for senators from both parties
them as a group for the last time. at 8:00 this morning, pacific time, pope benedict xvi will get on a helicopter. he will fly to a retreat outside of rome. that's where he will officially resign later today. brian flow remembers joining us live at st. mary's cathedral in san francisco where a special mass will be held to thank benedict for his life of service. brian? >> reporter: hi, dave. yeah, a special mass indeed, good morning to you. several bay area catholics will be taking part in the thanksgiving masses this morning starting in about an hour here. we're live at st. mary's where one of the services will be held. it's unknown how many catholics will be attending. but the service is expected to give thanks to pope benedict's eight years as pope and pray for his help. the pope says he will offer unconditional reverence and obedience of his successor. cardinals are planning to meet next week to discuss a conclave to take place. there are many questions remaining on who the candidates are. for many catholics in the bay area, they have ideas who they would like to see as the nex
the church. pope benedict emphasized that carrying out the duties of being pope the leader of more than a billion roman catholics requires strength which he simply doesn't have anymore. after having repeatedly examed my conscious before god, i have come to the certainty that my strength due to an advanced age are no longer suited to an adequate exercise. pope benedict the 265th pope was born in 1927 as joseph in germany. he was forced into the hitler's youth at age 14. he served in the army but was desserted. he led the church since 2005 through a time that has seen him criticized for the handling of the parishioners of church. this really sets the stage for a conclave to elect a new pope before the end of march. coming up we will tell you why some people could perhaps see this resignation coming. we are live in san francisco i'm tara moriarty ktvu channel 2 news. >>> time is 5:02. over night news a crash in concord leaves one man with life threatening injuries. police say he was walking across clayton road at about 6:15 last night. investigators say the 52-year- old man was not in the
as this week. >> pope benedict xvi giving his last sunday blessing to a massive crowd in st. peter's square. thanking the faithful before he resigns on thursday. and italians are heading to the polls today in a crucial parliamentary election that could shape their future. italy is one of europe's biggest economies. >> kelly: office depot's acquisition of office max among mergers that have been announced recently. wall street appear to have approved but the mergers must get by the justice department. lately they have made a habit of blocking similar deals. what is going on here? joining us is brenda buttner, anchor of "bulls and bears", and always good to see you. why are we seeing so many of these messager deals taking shape? >> money. there is so much corporate cash on the sidelines that has not been invested. essentially what is happening, i think outside the financial sector, it's estimated there is $1.7 trillion on the sidelines in corporate cash reserves. they need to do something with that money. they are feel more confident. they are going to go on a shopping spree and essentially bu
>> we're back with one last look at vatican city. that is where pope benedict 16 is wrapping up an emotional final address. a short time ago he told pilgrims from all across the globe that to love the church means also to have the courage to make difficult, painful decisions always keeping the good of the church in mind, not one's self-. >> he went on to say while he faced joy he also had difficult moments stkaourg his leadership. and he said he will continue to serve the church through prayer. the pontiff thanked all for respecting his decision to retire. he is the first pope in 600 years to do so. >> i'm deeply grateful for understanding, support and prayers of many of you from those at home and around. the decision i have made in god's will and deep love of church. >> pope benedict xvi asked for special prayers for the cardinals and whomever they choose to be his successor. he will officially enter retirement tomorrow. that will do it for us. "fox & friends" starts right now. >> good morning. it's wednesday. it's february 27, 2013. i'm gretchen carlson. i hope you're going to
sunday sermon in sunday square where pope benedict will step down and this one, the church did not see coming. the allegations of sex, money and scandal at the highest levels of the church. >> pope benedict is stepping down this coming thursday, but it seems his last days as pope may not be so easy. >> reporter: reports broke in two leading italian publications suggest that the reason for resigning was far more explosive. shock at the discovery of a network of gay priests at the vatican blackmailed by a network of male prostitutes. according to the reports the results of an investigation by three cardinals assigned to look into wrong-doing at the vatican were submitted to pope benedict last year. the reports say that it's suggested that serious financial improprieties were revealed. the pope was so shocked by the findings, he decided to resign. the vatican has responded with uncharacteristically strong language calling it unverified or unverifiable even completely false news stories cause damage to persons and institutions are an attempt to use public opinion to influence the cardinal'
may have come prior to his election in 2005. pope benedict xvi hoped to retire and write books. he's he's a highly regarded scholar in theology. he submitted his resignation three times. despite statements that he didn't have the mental and physical strength to go on, one parishioner said it was bad timing. >> i would have resigned after -- let's say after easter. this is the most highly, highly -- holy, holiday of the catholic church. >> reporter: the 85-year-old's last day of pope will be february 28th the last time a pope resigned was nearly 600 years ago, in 1415, when pope gregory stepped down in order to an end a civil war within the church. pope benedict xvi was born in 1927 as joseph ratzinger in germany he was forced into hitler's youth at age 14. he served in the army but deserted and was captured by the americans. we are hoping to speak from officials from the archdiocese this morning. we'll let you know what they have to say. live from san francisco, i'm tara moriarty, ktvu channel 2 news. >> thank you. >>> in overnight news, a crash in concord leaves one man with life-
that turns out for her. bill: we are learning more about pope benedict's decision to set aside including information about his health that we did not know before today. shepard smith is live at the vatican. we'll talk to him live in a moment. martha: florida senator marco rubio is set to give the republican response to the state of the union tonight and it will be unlike any other response in history we are told, when we come back. martha: uncertainty today for the world's 1.2 billion catholics, just a day after pope benedict dropped a bit of a bombshell that stunned the world announcing his intention to step aside, which is really not done, and he will do that at the end of this month. today we are learning new details about that decision, about his health and about the role that he will play in the future of the catholic church, and that is how we start with that beautiful vatican city background this morning. i'm martha maccallum, welcome. bill: i'm bill hemmer. morning martha, the vatican saying pope benedict will be hands-off in the selection of the next holy father, they made that
more on the first appearance from pope benedict xvi since his announce thamt he ment that he's stepping down at the end of the month. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, matt. this is ash wednesday. it's usually a somber day in the catholic church. there's a celebratory air here in vatican city as the pope begins what some are calling his farewell tour. this morning, the public getting its first chance to express their appreciation for pope benedict since announcing his abdica abdication. with the end of his papacy days away. a church famous for its rituals, vatican officials are working without a script as benedict moves into retirement. what are you going to call pope benedict once he steps down? >> i don't think he will be the pope emeritus. one of his other titles is the bishop of rome. he will probably be the americas bishop of rome sfw. >> reporter: showed a flare for fashion, earning the nickname the prada pope. this monastery is being renovated for pope benedict. it will have a library for the scholarly man and his cat also accompany him. no word yet on whether there
pope benedict xvi will address crowds from that famous window overlooking st. peter's square. over 100,000 people turned out to hear pope benedict ask for prayers for the next pope. ben wedeman is covering the story from rome. >> reporter: a much larger crowd crammed into st. peters square to hear pope benedict give his penultimate angeles prayer. he asked for them to pray for him and the next pope. the pope is now going into a week-long lenten retreat. this is an annual tradition, and part of the lenten season. when he re-emerges, he will convene the last angelis prayer and then step down as the pontiff. it's not clear at this point when the meeting of the conclave, the meeting of 117 cardinals assembled to vote for the next pope will meet. however, a senior vatican spokesman on saturday said that, it could happen earlier than planned, before the 15th of march. i'm ben wedeman, cnn, reporting from rome. >> all right. thank you, ben. >>> a cold day to talk about global warming. thousands braved frigid temperatures on the national mall to demand action on climate change. [heart beating]
an outpouring of love and admiration for the retiring pontiff. pope benedict xvi, sunday's final blessing as leader of 1.2 billion catholics, and worshippers packing st. peter's square as they prepare for the transition. in the next minute, the pontiff's word to the world. and a bombshell admission from the family of blade runner oscar pistorius, he's up on murder charges and now a family member facing charges for the death of a different woman. fox reports, the new developments on the legal firestorm surrounding the olympic star. and this bartender fired for trying to do what she says was the right thing. >> and simply had a very drunk person leaving the bar, he's going to kill someone. but she lost her job anyway. why? >> i'm harris falkner, first tonight on the fox report, the great american race. the daytona 500 is in the record books. the day began with a series of firsts for nascar racing and ended with a familiar name-- >> for the second time the daytona 500 goes to jimmie johnson, five-time champion. >> harris: jimmie johnson and danica patrick was third entering the final lap, bu
are honoring pope benedict xvi. they will hold a thanksgiving mass at 8:00 this morning and the service includes special service and to thank him for his service to the church. they will hold a meeting at the basilica. >>> the cuts are said to kick in and they are on rival democratic plans but both are expected to sale. president barack obama has set up a congressional meeting with leaders tomorrow. many that rely on federal funding are bracing and they include a 5.4 statewide cut to provide meals for seniors on fixed incomes. and 8,200 children across california will be kicked out of the head start program which provides subsidized preschool forehead start kids. those are the two biggest challenging facing the city of oakland. the idea is to make more room for bicyclists and to cut down on collisions. the plan will drive away and kill businesses but a test run is scheduled for later this year. >> very interesting. 4:35 is the time. sal? >>> it looks pretty good pam. the traffic is doing well and we have had a couple of overnight accidents but fortunately they cleared and the traffic is
's exciting finish came one day after a frightening cash. >>> pope benedict xvi has given his final blessing before he steps down on thursday. about 100,000 people were in st. peters square. he told the crowd he would take up a life of prayer and meditation and he's not abandoning the church. pope benedict will be the first in 600 years to step down. the st. mary's monosenior also dismissed recent reports about sex scandals. some say the pope is leaving to distance himself from gay priests at the vatican that are being blackmailed. the vatican says the allegations are completely false. >>> more information on the oscar pistorius shooting. a spokeswoman for pistorius says he is in pitoria. he met with correctional officers under the bail terms in his murder case. he is staying at ancona can -- at an uncle's house. he is charged with killing his girlfriend earlier this month. >>> investigators are stepping up their search for a suspect in a las vegas shooting. they identified mr harris as a suspect in a gunfight that killed three people. incollideing wrapper ken -- rapper kenny clutch. he file
is responsible. >>> and pope benedict xvi makes his final appearance before stepping down. his message to his followers. it's all ahead on the ktvu channel 2 morning news. >>> good morning, everybody it's wednesday, february 27th i'm brian flores. >> good morning, i'm pam cook. thank you for waking up with us. let's check in with steve as promised. it seems to be getting warmer this week. >> very nice warm. >> yeah. big system in the great lakes. subtle changes today. really probably only those in weather might notice it. we will see a few high clouds come in here. it will still be mild to warm. here is sal. >>> good morning. right now traffic is moving along pretty well around the bay scene take a look at highway 24. it is looking pretty good adds you drive through. there are no major problems. as a matter of fact, the traffic continues to look good. also the southbound 101 as you drive past the ups building there is road work there. we'll keep an eye on it for you. let's go back to the desk. >>> sal, thank you. we begin with breaking news in san francisco. dozens of homes and cars are flood
.ktvu.com and on our facebook page. >>> this is pope benedict xvi's last day as pope. >> he pledged reference and -- rev reference and obedience and he told them they are the princes of the church. and they are honoring special services. san francisco plans a thanksgiving mass and there will be plans for a long retirement and basilica and san jose are planning a special mass tonight. >>> he is a very senior person at the white house who threatened him saying he would regret blaming president barack obama for the quest tracing -- quest tracing. -- sequestering over the spending cuts. that generated an e-mail from the white house. >> it makes me very uncomfortable to have the white house telling reporters you are going to regret doing something you believe in. >> white house issued a statement saying no threat was intended in that e-mail. it was suggested that he would regret his statement about the sequester because it was not accurate. >>> across the board federal spending cuts are due to kick in and the senate is rivalling to replace the cuts. the likely result of the senate vote and what pr
. tori and dave? >> all right. thank you, pam. >>> we've learned what pope benedict xvi will be called when he officially retires. he will be known as a emeritus pope and will continue to wear right. when he steps down, he lob the first pontiff to do so in 600 years. cardinal levada leaves for the vatican today to help choose the new pope. he will be among the 117 cardinals voting on the replacement for pope benedict xvi. yesterday, he talked about some of the qualities he would be looking for in the next pope. >> a man of prayer, a man of peace, a person who has shown qualities of leadership either through his work in the nature of the archdiocese in the world or possibly through heading a department or perhaps more ideally a combination of those things. >> the cardinals hope to elect a new hope before the start of holy week which begins march 24th. the pope changed the rules of the conclave, a group of cardinals who will choose the new pope allowing them to move up the start date before the usual 15-day period between the start of the conclave. it was one of his last acts before step
. pope benedict's successor, anne thompson is there with more. good morning, anne. >> reporter: good morning, natalie. the conclave to elect pope benedict's successor is scheduled to begin between march 15th and march 20g9, but there is talk it could be moved up because the karmds who will elect the new pope are coming here to rome to say good-bye to pope benedict february 28th. we should hear some word perhaps this week. asked who will succeed pope benedict the pope himself yesterday set off a flurry of speculation at his weekly blessing when he addressed the crowd in spanish, he asked them to pay praise for himself and the future pope. some wondered was he sending a secret signal that he would prefer to see a pope from latin america? i spoke to a vatican spokesman who said there was no secret signal, just the pope offering a prayer. >> anne thompson, thank you. >> nbc's white house correspondent kristen welker is in port st. lucie, traveling with the president. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, natalie. president obama heads home later today after a weekend of golf, includin
march. pope benedict, who announced he is stepping down for health reasons, was greeted by a crowd of 50,000 on sunday. a journalist who last saw the pope said benedict appeared to have gone blind in his left eye. >>> danica patrick became the first woman to nab a top spot for any race in nascar's premiere circuit, winning the daytona 500 pole sunday with a lap topping 196 miles per hour at the international speed way in florida. she says she was raised to be the fastest driver and not the fastest girl. >>> a new study out today finds preschoolers who watch educational tv are better behaved than kid whose watch violent shows. research published in the journal of peeds says it corresponds to what the children watched and not how many hours they watched. >>> 25 years after the bruce willis first "die hard" movie "a good day to die hard" took the top spot at the box office, $25 million in sales. he's still got it. "identity thief" came behind in a close second and nicholas sparks novel "safe haven" came in third. >>> heavyweight champs mike tyson and evander holyfield were reunited this wee
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benedict xvi saying goodbye to cardinals before going off to retirement. he said he would pray for them as they choose his successor. about 11 a.m. eastern time benedict will fly to the papal retreat. he becomes the first pope in nearly 600 years to retire. >> very sad news, a tv news anchor woman is -- no, good news. safe at home. at 5 a.m. she was still missing. after a safe missing person scare, family members of paula lopez contacted police when they couldn't get in touch with her and became increasingly concerned. it is believed they found her later that night. she works at the station keyt in santa barbara, california. >> he jeopardized men and women fighting overseas. in a few hours he will break had i silence on why he did. he's going to tell a judge it was to spark a debate on our military policy. he is facing 22 charges including aiding the enemy and could receive life behind bars. >> remember that las vegas bash held by the g.s.a. that cost you more than $800,000? it was only the tip of the iceberg. a congressional report shows taxpayers paid $340 million for nearly 900 confe
benedict xvi surprised the world by becoming the first pontiff in more than 700 years to abdicate as head of the catholic church. nbc joins us live from rome. we know that the pope's doctor had advised him against taking any more transatlantic trips. but is there any specific illness or condition that may have led the pope to make this announcement just apart from his age? >> reporter: well, martin, there was a lot of speculation, of course, about what was really behind this decision, and a spokesperson this morning during a press conference he called after he said he didn't even know about his abdication, he just called this press conference and said, look, the pope is not ill or he doesn't have any particular illness and there's nothing behind his decision apart from what he said, which is he's really too tired to carry on with the duties as a pontiff and as an 85-year-old man, any 85-year-old man will find it harsh to go through a schedule like the one the pope has to go through during his pontiff cat. if you think about the number of trips he's taking, the neck one was going to be bra
benedict resigned. the daily paper says an internal report uncovered an underground gay network at the vatican much more could come from the paper. the newspaper says this is just the first in a series of reports. nbc's claudio lavania is here for us. what more did they disclose in this report? >> reporter: well, tamron, it is certainly well respected here in italy. the first or second biggest newspaper here in italy and usually good sources. well, what this paper is saying is that in that report, 300-page report of the internal vatican inquiry in to the scandal was so disturbing that pope benedict xvi decided to leave there and then and two months before the official abdication. it contained details about the inside of the vatican and lobbies that were -- it was power clashes of the lobbies that broke two, as a matter of fact, of the ten commandments. the first one, commandment number 6. thou shall not steal. that's a reference to the vatican bank accused of money laundering. well, also broke according to the report commandment number 7, thou shall not commit adultery. also tho
liberty mutual insurance. responsibility. what's your policy? >>> this morning pope benedict and a group of cardinals started a week long spiritual retreat with questions still unanswered about when the next pope will be chosen. yesterday massive crowds flocked to the vatican, an estimated 100,000 people packing st. peter's square for one of the pope's final appearances as the leader of the catholic church. >> thank you for the prayers and support you have shown me these days. >> benedict also appeared to criticize vatican infighting and recently leaked documents paint a picture of a dysfunctional vatican bureaucracy plagued by turf wars and allegations of corruption. let's bring in vatican analyst, senior fellow at the ethic and policy center. i feel launch in after saying good morning because i know there is a little bit of ai delay and i want to start with these reports of power struggles among the hierarchy at the vatican. here is what the pope said. the church which is mother and teacher calls on all its members to renew their spirit, turn back firmly towards god and ignore pride an
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